Week of
October 30
This Week at St. James

All content for the coming Sunday announcements must be emailed to by noon on Monday.

Upcoming Events

October 28–30  “Come and See” Weekend

October 29   Safeguarding God's People Training (10 a.m.–2 p.m.)

October 30   Episcopal 101 New Members Class (after the 10:30 service)

November 6   Celebration of New Members and All Saints Day

November 11   Movie Night (7 p.m., Parish Hall)

November 13   Acolyte Training

November 14   Blood Drive (1–7 p.m., Parish Hall)

November 20   Vicar of Dibley High Tea (3 p.m., Parish Hall)

November 23   Harvest Home Evening Service

Episcopal 101 New Members Class

Did you join St. James in the last year? Would you like to learn more about our Episcopal tradition? Mother Joyce will host an “Episcopal 101” class this Sunday, October 30, after the 10:30 a.m. service. Please email for more details, and so we know how many scones to order! We will recognize participants at the Nov. 6 Celebration of New Members.

Safeguarding God's People

Our next Safeguarding God’s People training will take place on this Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will meet in the Parish Hall. Please bring a sack lunch.

HOME Dinners

Thank you to all that have helped with the Home Suppers up to this point and for those of you that will help finish up the month of October. Your delicious meals and warm hospitality have been appreciated by all the men of the HOME program.

Plump Pumpkins Winners

Pumpkin #1 at 70.9 lbs: Mark Stril’s winning guess was 70 lbs

Pumpkin #2 at 58.9 lbs. Karen Jones winning guess was 58.5 lbs

Young Adult Care Packages

It’s time again for fall care packages to our young adults. If you would like to contribute, please put items in the pink tote in the Glass Porch or just inside the office by Sunday, Oct. 30. Suggested items are listed on our website and by the tote. We would also welcome money donations to help pay for shipping. Checks can be made out to St. James with a “Youth fund: Care packages” in the memo line. Any questions, see Norm Harris or Denise Brumbaugh. Thank you for supporting our young adults!

"Come and See" Weekend

This Cursillo weekend program will let you experience your faith, the love of Christ, and the church in a new way. “Come and See” will be held at Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way Oct. 28–30, with a “Fourth Day” at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kirkland on Nov. 5. For more information, visit

New Movie Series: Who Am I, Really?

Movies for Kids of all ages. Bring a snack to share and a blanket or chair. Movies start at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall and conclude with a discussion.

November 11th: A panda finds his father and his true calling. (PG)

Vicar of Dibley Party

On November 20, you are cordially invited to join Mother Geraldine, David Horton, Mrs. Cropley, and the whole gang from “St. Barnabus” in the fictional village of Dibley.  Let’s gather in the Parish Hall at “tea time” (3 p.m.) for tea, sherry, sandwiches, and a Mrs. Cropley Cookoff. Feel welcome to dress as your favorite character while we enjoy some favorite episodes from this hilarious British comedy from the 1980’s starring Dawn French. Invite friends, family, and neighbors. Suggested donation: $35. Please RSVP here!

Adult Christian Religious Education (Bible Study)

Advent Evening Series: Pregnant with Meaning: using creative arts in worship and prayer. Participants will enjoy a potluck meal together and engage in various creative arts to help them discern what will be born in their lives this advent season. Classes meet at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Nov. 30; Dec. 7, 14, and 21.

Youth Donut Dialogues

Sixth through twelth graders have the opportunity to gather every Sunday between services from 9:30 a.m to 10:10 a.m. for lively discussions with Fr. Elias and Paul Alvenarz. Donuts will be provided. 

Outreach Ministries

Your Outreach, Thrift Shop, and Men’s Shower Ministries are in need of canned food, bottled water, socks, mittens, winter clothing, and financial resources. Your donations and prayers make a huge difference in your Outreach ministries. Need encouragement? Ask myself (Dallas Shannon) or one of our wonderful volunteers to share a personal story of how you’re helping some of these families.

November Sock Drive!

As the cold weather sets in, our Outreach Office is collecting socks. It is one of the first items guests ask for and, at this time, we have NONE. We will put a basket in the Glass Porch beginning November 1. You are also welcome to bring socks to the office any time during the week as well. Thank you for your support in this important ministry!


Please continue to fulfill your pledge payments as we move toward the end of the year. If you have a new pledge for 2017, forms are available in the Narthex and the Parish Hall.

Memorials and Celebration of Life

Nov. 19 Memorial service for Betty Riches

Nov. 27 Celebration of life for Barbara Muczynski
  Between noon and 4 p.m. at Wesley Homes
  (32049 109th Place SE, Auburn, WA 98092)

Sunday Servers

Acolytes: Avery, Eleanor, Natalie
Offering: G. Winn, R. Eakins
Prayer Rail: Lynn Johnson, Lynne Polak, Kathy Scholl
Eucharistic Ministers: D. Gauthier, A. Bracher
Lector: A. Bracher
Eucharistic Visitors: None listed
Altar Guild: J. Zimmer, K. Jones, J. Barber

Altar Flowers

If you would like to celebrate a birthday, remember a loved one, or give thanks to God through Altar Flowers, please email or call the church office.

The altar flowers this week are provided by the Alvernazs in celebration of Paul and Michael’s birthdays.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Pray for Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury)
Bermuda - (Bermuda) The Rt Revd Nicholas Dill

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

St. Paul, Mount Vernon;
La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resureccíon, Mount Vernon


Please submit prayer requests to the office at

Kim Millager; Carolyn David; Dorothy Yantis; Ann Dona; Jack Bigford; Roger Witters; Gene Moon; Lyn Ho; Kay Ernst; Reuel Batayola; Cathryn Wilkerson, her husband, and her parents; Ollie Wood; Bob McGarry; Tracie Hernandez; Jean Anne Helmer

For those serving in the military: Tommy Moore, John Brockliss, Patrick Morgan

If you have loved ones actively serving in the military, please send their name to and we will add them to this list.

All content for the coming Sunday announcements must be emailed to by noon on Monday.
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Kent, Wa 98030

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